"Mr. Gaylord imagines he doesn't get along with the opposite sex," Austen replied, with just a shade of constraint.
"Nonsense!" exclaimed Victoria; "we got along perfectly the other day when he rescued me from the bushes. What's the matter with him?"
Austen laughed, and their eyes met.
"I think he is rather surprised to see you here," he said.
"And you?" returned Victoria. "Aren't you equally out of place?"
He did not care to go into an explanation of Tom's suspicion in regard to Mr. Crewe.
"My curiosity was too much for me," he replied, smiling.
"So was mine," she replied, and suddenly demanded: "What did you think of Humphrey's speech?"